Help PLease - Wav conversion ???


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We have recorded songs on our Fostex. We then mixed the tracks down and converted the mixdown to stereo wave files. Everything by the book. We then sent those stereo wave files to the computer for burning.

The problem: These burnded CDs play just fine on the computer, but we're having trouble getting them to play on anything else. They are still WAV Files. Do we need to convert them to MP3s and then burn the mp3s to CDs?

If so, how do we convert to MP3s?

thanks for your help


You need something that will convert the files to CDA format, the standard CD format. I believe that Roxio CD Maker will do that automatically. If you don't have something that will do that then you could use Audacity (free) to convert to MP3 and then burn it in Windows Media Player.

If it is putting the files on the CD as WAV it is just copying them which is why it will only play on a computer. They need to be CDA format.

According to the Help file you SHOULD be able to do this in Windows Media Player:

"With Windows Media Player, you can burn your own audio CDs or data CDs from the digital media files stored in your library. Live streams, such as radio stations, cannot be burned to CDs.
You can use the Player to burn the following types of CDs:

Audio CD. Burn music CDs similar to those that you buy. The Player converts tracks from the music playlists in your library into .cda files, and then burns them to the compact disc. Audio CDs can be played in most computers and in home and car CD players that play CD-R and CD-RW discs. You can burn an audio CD from the following file types stored in your library:
  • Windows Media Audio (WMA) files with a .wma extension
  • .mp3 files
  • .wav files"
To burn your own CD
  1. On the File menu, point to CDs and Devices, and then click Burn Audio CD. The Burn feature is displayed.
  2. In the Items to Burn pane (the left side of Burn), select the playlist in your library that contains the digital media files that you want to burn.
  3. To add digital media files from other playlists or categories in your library to the playlist of items to burn, or to remove items from the playlist, click the Edit Playlist button. The number of selected items and total time is displayed at the bottom of the Items to Burn pane.
  4. If necessary, clear any check boxes for items that you do not want to burn.
  5. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW in your CD drive.
  6. If necessary, when using a CD-RW disc, click the Erase disk button to erase the CD.
  7. If you want to change recording or data CD settings, such as the CD write speed or quality level, click the Display properties and settings button.
  8. In the Items on Device pane (the right side of Burn), click one of the following:
    • Audio CD
    • Data CD
    • HighMAT Audio
  9. Click the Start Burn button.
The above is for WMP version 10.

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